School To Employment Program

The School to Employment Program (S.T.E.P.) is a community partnership founded in 2002 between Parkview Medical Center and School District 70. Our mission is to generate a quality academic experience and provide  observation opportunities which will confirm a student’s desire to pursue a career in healthcare.


  • Apply spring semester junior year in high school, D70 students only. Applications available through school counselor in February. 
  • Applications are due in March, usually the Thursday before Spring Break.
  • Must have a 2.8 cumulative GPA or higher and be in good standing within the school setting before granted an interview.
  • If chosen, rotation is Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., senior year August - May. The experience consists of an 18-week observation and 18-week internship. 
  • Enrollment of a 2 credit Medical Terminology Class online, fall semester (waived if student has taken course). This is done through STEP.
  • Completion of CPR - Basic Life Saving Course - done through STEP.
  • We encourage pathway certificate courses for all students who wish to enter the healthcare field. Assistance for those who are interested are advised during STEP.
  • Orientation is required for each student the summer before senior year as a group.
  • Flu vaccines are mandatory from October - March.
  • COVID vaccines are mandatory, students must be fully vaccinated or be willing to do so before the experience.
  • Proof of MMR/Varicella vaccination titer are mandatory.
  • TSpot blood draw is required to rule out Tuberculosis.


  • Possibility to receive 209 observation hours within the year.
  • Awarded a letter grade from home D70 high school along with credits from Pueblo Community College upon completion of the semester.
  • Pre & post testing through Precision Exams/You Science with potential to earn a Certificate of Proficiency from the National Consortium for Health Science Education. 
  • Medical pathway students take the (NCHSE) National Consortium for Health Science Education Exam.
  • Plant Operations students will take a Career Skills Certification Exam specific to the industry.  
  • Guaranteed interview for employment at Parkview upon graduation from high school, if minimum job qualifications are met for the position they are applying.
  • Graduate amongst an elite group of students who have completed the STEP Program since 2003.
  • Confirm desire to work in the medial field.

Stacy Cristelli

Stacy Cristelli

Community Relations Program Coordinator